UNIT and GYTR Yamaha’s Jay Wilson put the finishing touches on a superb Australian Supercross Championship taking second at the final round in Toowoomba and in the process has won the 2013 Under 19 Australian Supercross Championship on his YZ250F.
Wilson had won the previous four rounds contested and only needed a mature ride in the final round at Toowoomba to secure the points to take his first national championship. He did exactly that and after a strong start in the main event, he maintained a solid second place in the 15 lap final and that was more than enough to secure the championship win.
“I’m so happy that’s over and we got the championship,” Wilson said after the race. “It’s been three weeks since the last round and it’s been like walking on egg shells but we got it done and that’s what matters. I didn’t ride the best tonight, a bit stiff and tight and also most too cautious but I had to keep one eye on the race and the other on the championship and not do anything silly. I can’t thank the GYTR Yamaha team enough. They have been right behind me all year and they continue to provide me with the best bikes and support so it’s nice to win this championship for them as much as it is for me.”
Yamaha Junior Racing rider Wilson Todd made it a near perfect night for the Yamaha YZ250F taking the win in the Junior Lites event. Todd took the lead right from the get go and won the race comfortably. It was also the final event for the current generation YZ250F and its swan song was the championship victories of Luke Styke in the Pro Lites win, Jay Wilson taking the Under 19 division while Wilson Todd claimed the final round win in the junior category.
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The all-new 2014 YZ250F is due for release this week for the Yamaha dealer network. Check out the Yamaha Motor Australia promotional video of the new bike featuring Jay Wilson at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs4jWWjJWg8&feature=youtu.be
Round Five Results U19
1st Corey JAMES
2nd Jay WILSON (GYTR Yamaha)
3rd Jake EMANUELLI
4th Joel WIGHTMAN
5th Blake SOLA
Final Championship Standings
1st Jay WILSON – 122 (GYTR Yamaha)
2nd Corey JAMES - 103
3rd Jake EMANUELLI - 98?
4th Joel WIGHTMAN - 96
5th Jake DONAHER - 75
Unit rider Joel Brown has been crowned the 2013 Australian FMX champion after winning the fourth and final round of the AFMXC series at Mackay, Qld over the weekend.
Brown, 28, entered the Precise Pro Open as the heavy favourite to take the title after previous series leader Matt Schubring and third placed Callum Shaw were both absent due to other riding commitments. Still, Brown was forced to give it his all as he fended off a rapidly-improving Pete Anderson and the always competitive Luke McNeill.
Joel Brown worked his butt off for his first National Title, congrats mate. Photo: Grant Cross
“I entered the final round at Mackay thinking I’d be able to take it a bit easy, but those plans went out the window during practice when I saw how well everyone was riding,” admits Brown. “Pete Anderson in particular had stepped up his game hugely since the previous round at Boonah and I had to pull out all the stops to take the win. “I’m rapt to finally win a national title,” he said. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work over the past two years to get to this point, but the reward has been worth it. You can’t wipe the smile off my face.”
Precise Open podium from left: Pete Anderson, Joel Brown and Luke McNeil. Photo: Grant Cross
Meanwhile, fellow Unit rider Tom Robinson impressed both the judges and his rivals as he claimed the Tyrone Gilks Memorial Underground Championship title on his way to fourth overall on the day. It was also a momentous event for Morgan Gilks, the brother of the late, great Tyrone Gilks, and Toowoomba’s Tyler Wakeford, who both landed their first-ever Backflips to dirt without even attempting the trick into the foam-pit.
Series judge and one of the championship’s organisers, Cameron Sturtridge, says the riding level from all riders exceeded any previous year since the series began in 2007. “It goes to show that this model works for progressing the sport; we’ve provided a platform so riders can set goals and progress in a safe and supportive yet competitive environment,” Sturtridge says. “With more industry support we can continue to move forward and grow the series, not only next year, but well into the foreseeable future.”
Precise Pro Open results
Joel Brown 25
Pete Anderson 22
Luke McNeill 20
Tom Robinson 18
Gyles Stainton 16
Joe Sheppard 15
Tyler Wakeford 14
Zac Mackenzie 13
Morgan Gilks 12
Tim Egan 11
Daniel Coe 10
Ethan Burns 9
Australian FMX Championship
1. Joel Brown 70
2. Luke McNeill 55
3. Matt Schubring 47
4. Tom Robinson 43
5. Callum Shaw 40
6. Pete Anderson 38
7. Tyler Wakeford 36
8. Ryan Brown 29
9. Joe Sheppard 26
10. Zac Mackenzie 25
11. Brodie Markham 25
12. Daniel Coe 23
13. Brodie Carmichael 19
14. Gyles Stainton 16
15. Luke Davey 16
16. Steve Sommerfeld 14
17. Ethan Burns 13
18. Aaron Guthrie 13
19. Morgan Gilks 12
20. Jake Smith 12
21. Tim Egan 11
22. Marcus Henderson 10
Tyrone Gilks Memorial Underground Championship
1. Tom Robinson 43
2. Callum Shaw 40
3. Tyler Wakeford 36
4. Ryan Brown 29
5. Zac MacKenzie 25
6. Brodie Markham 25
7. Daniel Coe 23
8. Brodie Carmichael 19
9. Gyles Stainton 16
10. Luke Davey 16
11. Ethan Burns 13
12. Aaron Guthrie 13
13. Morgan Gilks 12
14. Jake Smith 12
15. Tim Egan 11
16. Marcus Henderson 10
Officially launched to an international audience at the American International Motorcycle Expo in Florida, Skycraft is the world’s first purpose built freestyle motocross machine and a collaboration between action sports innovators Unit and world-renowned motorsport entity Triple Eight Race Engineering Australia.
Conceptualised by Unit co-founder Ian Everest, the Skycraft prototype was engineered by an expert team at Triple Eight, led by acclaimed Technical Director Ludo Lacroix. A central goal was weight reduction. Skycraft is constructed almost entirely from carbon fibre and titanium components. At just 75 kilograms (165 pounds), the bike is over 25 percent lighter than a standard motocross machine.
Ian Everest stated: “The original design brief recognized the opportunity for an ‘out of the box’ product for freestyle motocross. All other forms of motorcycle sports use purpose built machines."
“FMX riders have no option but to adapt to heavily modify race bikes. It made sense to explore what an FMX specific bike might look like. Being a concept motorcycle it also meant we were not constrained or restricted by production or cost requirements."
“As an experimental platform, Skycraft will allow for test data and rider feedback to lead towards a potential production bike.”
The Skycraft concept challenges conventional motorcycle design rules with a heavy duty carbon fibre monocoque frame containing a fuel cell. The tail design has integrated grab handles and a forked seat. While engineering boundaries were pushed even further with the silencer integrated inside a carbon fibre swingarm.
“We felt that weight reduction represented the best characteristic to provide riders in their quest for bigger tricks as well as helping them innovate new maneuvers,” added Everest.
“The prototype we’re launching today is the product of a combined effort and the engineering foresight and expertise of Triple Eight Race Engineering Australia's Ludo Lacroix."
“There are of course a number of other people and parties that have contributed to the project, each adding input and resources on the basis of their own background and expertise. We must extend a special thanks to the Triple Eight team including Roland Dane, Daniel Williams and Robert Clarke along with Unit's Marketing Director Matt Cousins."
Other contributors to the Skycraft project include LSM Composites, Lightning Composites, John Titman Racing, Talon, Scalvini, De-Tris, Galfer, Mainmoto, Raptor and Racetech Titanium.
• 75 kilograms (165 pounds)
• Uses existing powerplant and suspension setup typical to FMX
• Carbon fibre monocoque frame with integrated fuel tank
• Carbon fibre swingarm with integrated silencer
• Ultra-slim carbon fibre bodywork
• Grab handles integrated into carbon fibre body
• Carbon fibre rims
• Compact front-mounted cooling system with single radiator core
• Custom-built titanium expansion chamber
• Full titanium axle and bolt kit
• Titanium shock spring
• Front air suspension
• Unit magnum grips (patented design)
• Increased/adjustable turning angle
Scotty Wilkings remains unbeaten on home turf
UNIT wakeboarder Scotty Wilkings kicked off his summer campaign in a dominating fashion, taking out the men’s Pro Division class at the UNIT Queensland State Titles on the weekend.
Hosted by Cable Ski Logan, the event was the first cable wakeboarding comp of the season and Scotty showed why he's near impossible to beat at his home venue. Boasting a huge array of air tricks, rail tricks and kicker tricks, his first place finish cemented UNIT's presence in the sport as a force to be reckoned with.
Mayce is th eman to beat in Wake Skate
UNIT's Wakeskater Mayce Dipple topped the podium in the Skate class, in what ended up being the most hotly contested division of the day. Mayce was able to stay calm and collected to stick a clean pass as he watched other riders buckle under the pressure.
Blake Muller oozes style and is a talent to watch in future events
The Junior men's division saw some of the highest level of riding seen in competition for a while and UNIT's Blakey Muller was certainly up to the task, taking home a well earned second place behind Ethan Clifford.
In the Junior Women class UNIT's Sam Golledge kept her unbeaten streak from last season alive with a perfectly executed pass to take first place. Sam's pass included not only technical spins and presses on the rails, but also a huge Stalefish Tantrum off the kicker and her first flat water Air Raley in competition.
Snapping hot at Sam's heels was 12-year-old super-grom Pippa Wilkings. The freshly signed young UNIT rider put together a solid pass that simply oozed style to take home second place.
Unit Wake groms from left: Pippa Wilkings, Blake Muller and Sam Golledge
In the Open men's division UNIT riders continued to make their presence felt with ex freestyle motocross pilot Joel Rayner narrowly missing out on claiming the number one spot.
The end of the day closed out with the popular Watersports Springwood Big Air Kicker Jam and UNIT riders Scotty Wilkings, Blakey Muller and Joel Rayner again took to the water in a stacked field to see who could throw down the biggest trick of the day. In the end Ethan Clifford piped Scotty Wilkings for the top spot while team-mate Blakey Muller was third.
Former FMX rider Joel Rayner has succesfully crossed over to Wake
Unit Queensland State Titles Results
1st Sam Golledge
2nd Pippa Wilkings
3rd Ezmae Warnecke
1st Kelsey Smith
2nd Jamie-Lee Neil
1st Luke Barnes
2nd Jye Otter
3rd Spencer Parton
1st Malin Overby
2nd Jane Taylor
3rd Krissy Wilkings
1st Ethan Clifford
2nd Blake Muller
3rd Lachlan Ellis
1st Matt Kirby
2nd Joel Rayner
3rd Sonny Te Huia
1st Chris Keon
2nd Warren Knight
3rd Derek Voller
1st Mayce Dipple
2nd Adam Munro
3rd Michael Anderson
1st Scotty Wilkings
2nd Nick Maxwell
3rd Alex Klimowsow
1st Ethan Clifford
2nd Scotty Wilkings
3rd Blake Muller
Queensland freestyle motocross legend Matt Schubring proved he’s still one of the best FMX riders in the country after claiming victory at the Unit Invitational round of the Australian FMX Championships (AFMXC) at his home compound at Boonah, Qld, on Saturday.
Schuie rode smooth as silk on his way to winning the UNIT FMX Invitational. Photo: Makkreative.com
Schubring, who pulled double-duty by both organising and competing at the event, was at his stylish best around the technical course, as he threw each trick perfectly in front of a 1,000-strong crowd. “It’s been a big month and I didn’t get as much ride-time as the other boys; I was busy building the course as well as organising and promoting an event, but I’m stoked on how everything went today,” a beaming Schubring said afterwards.
“The competition was tough and a lot of guys have stepped up. There was a bit of wind out there, but everyone dealt with it and did what they had to do.”
Joel Brown is the toughest dude hands down. Nice big Underflip from the third placed rider. Photo: Makkreative.com
Schubring’s day was made slightly easier after early championship leader Joel Brown had a big mishap during qualifying that saw him fall 30ft onto his heels. Despite barely being able to walk on the suspected fractured limbs, Brown gritted his teeth and rode hard to make the final three and keep his championship hopes alive. “It was a hard day at the office, that’s for sure,” Brown mused. “I hit neutral through the double-double section and I took the impact on my heels. My main concern was to gain enough points for the series, so after two runs where I tried to keep as much pressure off my heels as possible, I was content to place third and opted out of the top three showdown.”
From left Callum Shaw, Schuie and Browny celebrate after an epic battle.
Second overall for the day was current Underground Championship leader Callum Shaw, who has spent a lot of time riding with Schubring after recently buying his “Schuieville” property. “I’m pretty pumped to finish second today,” Shaw said afterwards. “At the previous round at Coonabarabran I finished fourth and set myself a goal to get on the podium here. It feels great to have this first podium under the belt; owning Schuie’s old place has been a big benefit for my riding.”
Victoria’s Ryan Brown impressed many with his big, clean tricks on his way to fourth place, while Gold Coaster Pete Anderson rounded out the top five with his signature smooth style.
The fourth and final round of the AFMXC, the Precise Open, will be held at Mackay, Qld on October 19.
RESULTS Unit Invitational
1. Matt Schubring - 25 2. Callum Shaw - 22 3. Joel Brown - 20 4. Ryan Brown - 18 5. Pete Anderson - 16 6. Luke McNeill - 15 7. Steve Sommerfeld - 14 8. Aaron Guthrie - 13 9. Zac MacKenzie - 12 10. Joe Sheppard - 11 11. Brodie Markham - 10 12. Tom Robinson - 9 13. Tyler Wakeford - 8 14. Luke Davey - 7 15. Brodie Carmichael - 6 16. Daniel Coe - 5 17. Ethan Burns - 4
Australian FMX Championship Points
1. Matt Schubring - 47 2. Joel Brown - 45 3. Callum Shaw - 40 4. Luke McNeill - 35 5. Ryan Brown - 29 6. Brodie Markham - 25 7. Tom Robinson - 25 8. Tyler Wakeford - 22 9. Brodie Carmichael - 19 10. Pete Anderson - 16 11. Luke Davey - 16 12. Steve Sommerfeld - 14 13. Aaron Guthrie - 13 14. Daniel Coe - 13 15. Zac MacKenzie - 12 16. Jake Smith - 12 17. Joe Sheppard - 11 18. Marcus Henderson - 10 19. Ethan Burns - 4
Tyrone Gilks Memorial Underground Championship
1. Callum Shaw - 40 2. Ryan Brown - 29 3. Brodie Markham - 25 4. Tom Robinson - 25 5. Tyler Wakeford - 22 6. Brodie Carmichael - 19 7. Luke Davey - 16 8. Aaron Guthrie - 13 9. Daniel Coe - 13 10. Zac MacKenzie - 12 11. Jake Smith - 12 12. Marcus Henderson - 10 13. Ethan Burns – 4
UNIT GYTR Yamaha’s Jay Wilson logged his second round win of the 2013 season with the overall victory at Toowoomba’s Echo Valley Circuit over the weekend. Competing on his YZ250F in the MXD category, Wilson topped the time sheets in qualifying and then went on to finish 2-1 in the two motos for the day to take the round win over New Zealand’s Hamish Harwood who scored 1-2 results.
Wilson pursued Harwood for the entire 20 minutes in race one but was never close enough to make a pass but with a great start in race two, he was able to turn the tables on his rival and went on to take the race victory and with it the round win.
The late season surge now sees the GYTR Yamaha pilot move to second place in the championship with one round remaining. He has had four consecutive podium positions since the half way break and has stormed his way back into a strong position on the points table.
“Today was another good round for me and to get the win here is good. I had to work hard to stay ahead of Hamish who is riding really well at the moment,” Wilson said. “My starts have been getting better and that is making life much easier for me. The team have been unreal and been really positive the whole year so it’s good to get the results they knew I was capable of. “One more round to go at Coolum and the championship win is a long shot as Hamish has over 50 points on me so my goal is to win the round and finish the season as strong as possible,” Wilson ends.
For more information and full results on the MX Nationals; www.mxnationals.com.au
Round Nine Results – Toowoomba MXD 1st Jay Wilson- 67 (GYTR Yamaha) 2nd Hamish Harwood - 67 3rd Corey James - 60 4th Jesse Dobson - 51 5th Jake Emanuelli - 49 6th Joel Wightman - 46 7th Jack Simpson- 46 8th Jesse Madden - 42 9th Dylan Wills - 41 10th Tomas Ravenhorst - 39
Championship Standing - After Round Nine 1st Hamish Harwood - 439 2nd Jay Wilson – 386 (GYTR Yamaha) 3rd Jack Simpson 381 4th Jesse Dobson - 353 5th Corey James - 336 6th Joel Dinsdale – 325 (GYTR Yamaha) 7th Joel Wightman - 317 8th Jake Emanuelli - 279 9th Logan Blackburn - 255 10th Dakota Court - 223
FMX legend Matt “Schuie” Schubring will host round three of the Australian FMX Championships, the UNIT Invitational, in his hometown of Boonah, South East Queensland, on Saturday September 14. After making a welcome return to competition in 2013 Schuie is excited about the challenge of both organising and competing in the event. We caught up with Schuie to find out what he has planned for the first event he’s organised in him hometown since 2007.
Schuie, it’s great to see you’re hosting round three of the AFMXC. How are you feeling about it: I’m excited. Lesley, my wife, and I were talking earlier this year about how cool it would be to hold another FMX event. My last one was in 2007 and people are always asking me when I’m going to do it again. Now the timing is perfect to align it with RFDmx and the Australian FMX Championships.
Your 2007 event was quite successful. Are you expecting a good turnout for your round of the AFMXC series: Yeah, definitely. I’ll be putting a lot more effort into this event and looking to attract a big crowd. Last time it was poured with rain everywhere except Boonah. As a result a lot of people didn’t show, but we still had close to a thousand in attendance. I’ll be stoked if we get upwards of 1500 people to this event.
You have Unit supporting this event, which should help: I’m stoked to have Unit backing this round of the championship. I’ve been with them for many years now and I’ve always enjoyed working with the boys, as they have supported many of the crazy ideas I’ve had over the years.
What have you got planned for the upcoming event: Number one is I’m hoping for a nice day, and I’ll have a nice flowing course for the riders to compete on, which has been updated a lot since 2007. I was really impressed with the level of riding at the previous Coonabarabran round of the AFMXC, and I want to make sure the riders are really comfortable on the course so they’ll be able to bust out their tricks safely. The crowd will have good vantage points to spectate from right next to the course, and during the breaks I’ll have some displays and stalls to keep them interested. Our local hobby shop plans to have some helis and planes flying around to keep the kids excited, plus I’ll bring in the Crusty Demons monster truck to do a few demos in the paddock adjacent to the course. It’s great to see you back riding FMX contests.
What are your thoughts on the AFMXC round at Coonabarabran last weekend: Yeah I surprised myself at the first round I entered at Coonabarabran as I didn’t get in as much practice as I would’ve liked. I felt rusty in practice and was coming off the flu, so my head wasn’t so clear dialing in my flips and bigger tricks. After thinking a lot about the big course overnight everything came together for me once the event got under way. I didn’t make any mistakes and kept everything nice and smooth and was happy to take second on the day behind Joel Brown, who rode really well.
So is there a party once your round is done and dusted: Sure is! Everyone’s welcome to join the riders and crew at the Boonah Golf Club where there’s a nice outdoor area we can hang, and an indoor bar area where we’ll have a band playing for those wanting to let loose on the dance floor. I look forward to seeing you at the event!
Event poster with information:
World 60cc champion Caleb Grothues will be representing UNIT at Horsham
Horsham Motorcycle Club is proud to announce that UNIT will be the Special Clothing Sponsor for the KTM 2013 Australian Junior Motocross Championships (AJMXC) which takes place on the 2nd weekend of the Victorian September school holidays.
“We are really excited with UNIT coming on board to help us lift the profile of the Championships to the status it truly deserves” Horsham President, Kenny Watts said. “UNIT have shown time and time again that they are market leaders in clothing and accessories and their involvement is testimony of their commitment to Motocross and extreme sports” Mr Watts continued.
UNIT rider Mason Rowe will be looking for another Australian title at Horsham
“UNIT will supply a selection of their casual clothing to fit out the commentator, as well as Start and Finish Line crew which is awesome” Kenny added.
As part of the deal UNIT will also provide merchandise for Holeshot Awards for the first of each Final for every class and Engraved Unit Watches to the winners of the 2 premier 15 years Championship Classes.
"We're stoked about the opportunity to sponsor the 2013 Australian Junior Championships” UNIT’s Athlete Media Manager, Grant ‘Goba’ O’Brien said. “It's important we support motocross at a junior level as that's where our future champions come from, and we look forward to being a part of this years event and forming a strong relationship into the future!" Goba continued
“Entries continue to roll in daily and the classes are filling fast” Mr Watts said “but we are certainly excited to see UNIT rider Caleb Grothues who is a current World Champion and multiple Australian Champion in action at Horsham” Kenny concluded.
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